New England State Food System Planners Partnership
New England Feeding New England Project
About the New England State Food System Planners Partnership: The Partnership seeks to coordinate and align state- and region-level food system development networks to promote policies and implement practices that ensure food production, harvesting, processing, distribution, and waste/nutrient management equitably meets the needs of all consumers in the region; that affordable and nutritious food is available, accessible, and culturally appropriate to all; that food sector businesses are economically viable and thriving; and that all food system functions are performed in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Vermont's Food System
Vermont’s farm to plate food system plan is the most comprehensive in the country and the only state that has complete government engagement. Vermont’s food system generates more than $11.3 billion in economic output and supports more than 64,000 jobs and 11,500 businesses. From 2007 to 2017, Vermont food system economic output expanded 48%, from $7.5 to $11.3 billion. From 2009 to 2018, net new food system employment increased by 6,529 jobs (11.2%).
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund serves as the administrator and backbone organization to the Farm to Plate Network and executes the analysis and goal tracking of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan implementation. As a backbone organization, we guide vision and strategy; support aligned activities and facilitate dialogue across the network; establish shared measurement practices; mobilize funding; manage communication; provide professional development and leadership training opportunities; build public will; and coordinate community outreach.
More than 350 members of the Farm to Plate Network are working together to create a viable, sustainable, and resilient food system which produces and distributes our food and generates positive economic, environmental, and social impact in Vermont’s economy.